Previews Archive | 8/30/2010
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Lords of Madness Preview 3
Monster Manual Staples
Peter Lee

Fifteen monsters from the Monster Manual made the final set list for Lords of Madness, from the lowly level 1 Kobold Slinger to the majestic level 26 Crownwing. Today’s preview shows off three monsters yanked from the pages of the Monster Manual.

There are a lot of outstanding figures in this set that fill much needed niches. One I’ve had my eye on since arriving at Wizards of the Coast is the uncommon Stormclaw Scorpion. It’s low level, so it’s useful in the majority of campaigns currently being played. It’s a beast, so it can be used in a wide variety of encounters. And finally, it looks like it crawled right out of the Monster Manual.

If you’re new to collecting miniatures, you may not have simple skeletons. Sure, you have the Tiefling Skeleton, the Skeletal Tomb Guardian, and the Boneshard Skeleton, but you have to go all the way back to 2006’s Wardrums to find a straight-up human skeleton. Wait no more! This set features the common Skeleton. Check out the scale armor: computer-aided design allows detail that is almost impossible in traditional clay sculpting.

The last figure for today is the rare Rot Harbinger. At level 20, a DM will start looking at this figure about the time the party reaches Epic Tier. Not playing Epic Tier? That’s fine; most people start at low level, and this is the best proxy for the level 4 Rotwing Zombie yet.

Until later!

Peter Lee
Peter joined Wizards of the Coast in 2008 as the lead designer for the D&D Miniatures line. Since then, Peter has worked on projects for the D&D Roleplaying Game, D&D Miniatures, Star Wars Miniatures, and Heroscape. Peter is also an accomplished miniature painter and sculptor.
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